Thursday, July 23, 2009

New Harry Potter

Very good. Hard to evaluate w/o considering the book (to which it's pretty faithful) and the effect that the ending would have on first time reader/viewers, vs the intrinsic "value" of the events and their effects on the narrative. In other words - this is close to the book, which was pretty shocking and suspenseful when I first read it, but now seeing it unfold (and also in light of the last book) it looks more ho-hum.

I still say there's something deeply wrong about the sexual/romantic relations. (This really struck me in the final book.) Luna (esp as she is cast in the films as a pretty eroticized-looking character), with a porn star name, and bubbling around in what seems a druggy haze, troubles me a lot. At the other extreme, having Hermione and Harry always act 100% platonic w/ no tension or anxiety, does not ring true to me. Hound dog Ron seems more believable (though his never getting jealous or suspicious of Harry/Hermione seems farfetched).

3 Comments:

Blogger Aaron Polson said...

I did appreciate the loads of teen romance humor...most likely because it looks like my day job (HS teacher).

8:25 AM  
Blogger KPaffenroth said...

Oh I like the dynamic, and parts are convincing. I just find the overall effect not so.

2:42 PM  
Blogger ScottColbert said...

I really disliked this one. It seemed like they concentrated too much on the relationships to compete with Twilight; something they didn't need to do, as the Potter films and books are better.

The ending was absurd. There was no pathos, or emotion, and had all the subtlety of an arena of bics during a rock ballad.

11:51 AM  

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